Catholics

Archbishop reminds priests need support, give a little more

Do you want to give your lo­cal Ro­man Catholic priest a Christ­mas bonus?

Then give gen­er­ous­ly to the Christ­mas col­lec­tion at the church, as the en­tire amount re­ceived goes to­ward the priests, Arch­bish­op Ja­son Gor­don has said.

The en­tire East­er and Christ­mas col­lec­tions go to­ward sup­port­ing the cler­gy, Gor­don said dur­ing an in­ter­view in this week’s pub­li­ca­tion of the Catholic News.

Since 2015, the av­er­age amount col­lect­ed from all the Ro­man Catholic church­es around the coun­try dur­ing Christ­mas has been $1.5 mil­lion.

World: Pope praises Muslim leaders after meeting with four clerics

Pope Francis met briefly today with a delegation of four British Muslim clerics and praised their contribution to dialogue between different faiths and cultures.

“I like to think that the most important job we have to do between us, as humanity, is done with our ears, by listening,” Francis told the four-man group as he greeted them warmly at the Vatican for a private audience.

“The ability to listen is so important. Those who have it speak softly, quietly. Those that don’t talk loudly, shout even.